Art work by Noel Franklin
Boeing: Another step out of here
Boeing today announced that it is moving flight training from Seattle to Miami, where it has been developing its flight training campus to serve airline personnel. The company said the move out of Seattle will begin with two full flight simulators for the 787. Boeing was vague about the workforce impacts, saying "the majority of the Seattle Flight Services team will not be affected, but some employees will be impacted."
Shooting closes rec centers
Seattle shut down recreation offices citywide while police searched for a suspect in the shooting of a man at a north Seattle parks and recreation department office. After a few hours, police posted a statement they had taken a suspect into custody.
Meeting of mayor, monitor's minds
Mayor Mike McGinn says he has reached agreement with the federally appointed police monitor, Merrick Bobb, in order to move forward with the sweeping police reforms laid out under Bobb's recent plan. The plan wasn't itself changed, but a McGinn statement said the two agreed that it will be considered a "a living document" that can be amended.
McGinn said his office would be working with City Attorney Pete Holmes' staff to revise court documents so that they incorporate his understandings with Bobb. The statement also said Bobb and McGinn will hold regular review meetings, "which the City Attorney will also attend."
It sounds like, after throwing a ton of dirt at Holmes and some pebbles at Bobb, McGinn used the caveat to save face. (Nothing's permanent.) But maybe it's progress. Before the recent eruption, a well-placed source in another City Hall office predicted that McGinn and Bobb would get along perfectly well once the mayor got to know the monitor.
Seattle lifts ban on race, justice class
Seattle Public Schools Superintendent José Banda today said the district will re-instate a Center School class on race and social justice. The district suspended the class after a family complaint that it worsened racial tensions in the classroom.
In his message, Banda laid out several conditions and changes, including dropping some discussion activities that had been developed for adults rather than high school students. And he ordered that a revised syllabus be checked with the College Board for Advanced Placement to make sure the class still qualifies for college credit. But Banda also was clear on the appropriateness of the subject matter: "I cannot stress enough how much I value curriculum on race and social justice." Good.
NRA program approved
Does support for a program that has National Rifle Association connections mean NRA infiltration of Washington schools? Eight Washington Democratic senators apparently thought so, according to Crosscut's John Stang.
One of the Senate's most liberal members, Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Shoreline, introduced a resolution to encourage exposing child care centers, preschool programs and students in grades K-3 to the 25-year-old Eddie Eagle GunSafe program. It teaches young children not to touch or play with firearms unsupervised.
The NRA's help with the program bothered some of her fellow Puget Sound Democratic senators. Sen. Bob Hasegawa, D-Seattte, pointed to an NRA logo on the program's brochure: "It looks like as advertisement [for the NRA]. I don't think it's appropriate to allow the NRA entree to the schools."
Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, replied: "This is something that the left decided is dangerous. If you're not in favor of a program to save our children, then vote, 'No.' ... and explain that to your grandchildren." Chase said she opposes most stances taken by the NRA, but this program is strictly a child-safety measure, with no advocacy regarding gun issues. The resolution passed 40-8 with support from Republicans and a majority of Democrats.
The high school basketball championships just concluded, but there's still a state championship up for grabs this weekend. Thirteen students in grades nine through 12 will compete in the finals of the poetry recitation contest on Saturday in Tacoma. Not to make 3-point shooting stars jealous, but there's more on the line than just pride. The winner receives a trip to the national finals in D.C., $200 and a $500 donation for her or his school library. The event is free, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Tacoma's Theatre on the Square, 901 Broadway. The Washington State Arts Commission, one of the sponsors, has more details and a list of the finalists here. Go, poets!
Suquamish youth on ocean acidification
Washington is on the cutting edge of ocean acidification work by states. And young people from the Suquamish tribe just may be our best messengers. Here's a really well done, quick video ... in which Gov. Jay Inslee also pops up.
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